MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Darwin Cook would like you to know something.
He's more than a one-trick pony.
He's more than a one-play safety, too.
Sometimes that's easy to forget. After all, the biggest play Cook has made during his career as a West Virginia safety stands out above all the others. It was his scoop-and-score fumble return that, perhaps more than anything else, turned West Virginia's Orange Bowl game against Clemson season before last into the 70-33 rout that it became.
Of course, running into the Orange Bowl mascot at the end didn't hurt, either. Yeah, it hurt poor Obie, but it helped burn the image of Cook's return into the Mountaineer consciousness.
The trouble is, Cook has become so closely tied to that one play that people tend to forget nearly everything else he's done.
"It's like you did all this great work and then you fall off a little bit and then it's like you were never there,'' Cook said. "Sometimes you just want to say, 'Hey, this is what I did,' just to show yourself that you can do it.''
So Cook did put together something that said, "Hey, this is what I did.'' Well, truth be
told his girlfriend put it together — a highlight tape of some of Cook's best moments. It was posted on YouTube in the spring as an attempt to send a message: Hey, remember me?
And here's the most telling thing about the video. It lasts five minutes and 38 seconds. It includes interceptions, pass breakups and big hits. And it's not until nearly five minutes have passed that first Cook is seen pulling the ball from a pile near the goal line at the Orange Bowl and running alongside Keith Tandy nearly 100 yards on the play that made him famous.
"It feels like nobody thinks I've done anything but the Orange Bowl,'' Cook said. "I wanted to put it together to show that I've made a lot of game-changing plays around here, not just the one play in the Orange Bowl.''